Your favourite 2020 articles and collections

BY MEL BONDFIELD

As we leave 2020 in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look at the most popular content on our website this year. What captured your hearts and minds during a challenging year?

Top Articles

Topping the list of our most popular article and video was this rediscovered footage of Australia's last known Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger). This precious 21 seconds of footage, released by the NFSA this year, is from a forgotten travelogue titled Tasmania the Wonderland (1935) and had not been seen by the public for 85 years:

Side-on view of Donald Bradman walking onto the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1949.

Don Bradman at the Sydney Cricket Ground, 1949. NFSA title: 1594660.

Another amazing discovery at the NFSA this year was some stunning colour footage from 1949 of Sir Donald Bradman. This article tells the story of how the NFSA came into possession of the only known colour footage of Sir Donald Bradman playing cricket.

To help ease some of the pain of lockdown in 2020 we brought out our best-of-the-best in this compilation article 50 Delightful Surprises from the NFSA Collection.

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Australian Rules Football's most legendary Grand Final contest – the 1970 VFL Grand Final between Collingwood and Carlton. 

And Archie Roach was on everyone's radar this year with an Australian of the Year nomination plus an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, so it's no wonder our audiences loved learning these Amazing Facts about Archie Roach.

Top Collections

Leading the way as our most popular curated collection in 2020 was our tribute to the one-and-only Kylie Minogue! We think she is truly a global phenomenon, and we're bringing the receipts to prove it:

Taking a leaf out of Ms Minogue's book, we took a step back in time to the Swinging Sixties. Our 1960s Australia curated collection covered pop culture, fashion and world events from this tumultuous decade.

And travelling even further back, our Australian History Timeline collection explores Australian history from pre-1770 up to the early 2000s.  

Elaborate interior of the Ambassador Theatre in Perth showing seats in the upper circle and statuary influenced by Ancient Greece

Ambassador Theatre, Perth WA. NFSA title: 356601

For a very different snapshot of life in Australia, here is a collection of vintage Australian ads, dating from 1914 to 1969 and featuring iconic brands, familiar jingles and a few famous faces.

Finally, while our cinemas were closed in April, we celebrated Australia's vintage cinemas and theatres featuring images and footage spanning 100 years.

Stay tuned for more incredible content over summer and into 2021 and be sure to keep following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Main image - Live and Intimate Tour, 1998. Photographer: Campbell Knott. © Darenote Ltd.